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If you believe as I do, that intentional and consistent reading is key to success in business and in life, then this is your podcast. My goal each week is to bring you key thoughts and insights from my conversations with those I consider to be among today's brightest minds: our generation's non-fiction authors. We discuss their latest book, as well as their unique perspectives on Leadership, Business, Personal Development, Marketing, Career, and Entrepreneurship. If you love reading, or desire to do more of it, then consider this podcast your audio Cliff's Notes. The Read to Lead Podcast is a four-time Best Business Podcast nominee.

Read to Lead Podcast Jeff Brown

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 491 Ratings

If you believe as I do, that intentional and consistent reading is key to success in business and in life, then this is your podcast. My goal each week is to bring you key thoughts and insights from my conversations with those I consider to be among today's brightest minds: our generation's non-fiction authors. We discuss their latest book, as well as their unique perspectives on Leadership, Business, Personal Development, Marketing, Career, and Entrepreneurship. If you love reading, or desire to do more of it, then consider this podcast your audio Cliff's Notes. The Read to Lead Podcast is a four-time Best Business Podcast nominee.

    442: Your Most Important Work is Always Ahead of You with Cynthia Covey Haller

    442: Your Most Important Work is Always Ahead of You with Cynthia Covey Haller

    Stephen M. R. Covey has been one of my most favorite authors to interview. I’ve had that opportunity now three times! So when he suggested I talk to his sister about the book she was finishing up, a book co-written with their late father, I didn’t hesitate to say “yes.”













    That new book, out today, is called Live Life in Crescendo: Your Most Important Work is Always Ahead of You.







    This is the final book from the late, legendary leadership expert Stephen R. Covey of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People fame, offering inspiration and optimism about living your best life.







    He and Cynthia began working on it over ten years ago and it’s finally here!







    Near the end of his life, Stephen felt there was a final component to his work:







    * How to live your best life no matter your age?







    * How to best respond to life-challenging experiences and setbacks?







    * How do you approach the challenges and opportunities of middle to later life, like staying on top of your career, leading and inspiring others, expanding your role in your community , and what follows next?







    Live Life in Crescendo is his and Cynthia’s answer to these questions, outlining his vision for every age and stage of life.







    Click the play button below to learn more Cynthia, the late Stephen R. Covey, and their book.







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    In today’s episode, I ask Cynthia to share about:







    * How this book, co-written with her late father, came to be* We’ll unpack the crescendo mentality* Plus, we’ll dig into the Live Life in Crescendo four-part framwork* And lots more!







    Cynthia’s and Stephen’s Book







    Order you copy of Live Life in Crescendo: Your Most Important Work is Always Ahead of You right now!







    Consider Ordering My Book!







    Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free!







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    Books Cynthia Recommends







    The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melissa Gates

    • 38 min
    441: The 4 Key Components to Taking Smart Notes

    441: The 4 Key Components to Taking Smart Notes

    When it comes to effective note-taking—or what I like to call note-making—most of us have never been properly trained.













    In today’s episode, I walk through the four key components you need to understand in order to turn your useless notes of the past into your smart notes of the future.







    Simply put…







    If you want to improve retention and comprehension of the content you consume for learning and growth…







    If you want to be the go-to person for ideas and insights when everyone else gets stuck…







    If you’d like to see the outputs that result from your content consumption efforts lead to new connections, well-deserved promotions, and opportunities that were previously out of reach…







    …then your notes—your Personal Knowledge Management system—is the difference maker…the one thing that, all else being equal, will give you the edge…a crystal clear advantage.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about the keys to effective note-taking. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, I share about:







    * Note collection and capture * Note connection and organization* Note development and distillation * And lots more!







    Consider Ordering My Book!







    Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free!







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    • 16 min
    440: A New Approach to Making Business Personal with Vincent Pugliese

    440: A New Approach to Making Business Personal with Vincent Pugliese

    Today’s guest first visited the show back in Episode #223. I also invited to speak at my online conference back in 2019 called the Boss-Free Virtual Summit.













    His name is Vincent Pugliese and, over the years, he’s gone from professional sports photographer to staring his own business and, now, to sharing what he’s learned in the trenches with others.







    Vincent’s new book is called The Wealth of Connection: A New Approach to Making Business Personal.







    So if you feel like you did everything right—got the degree, the knowledge, experience, business plan, the optimized website. But then, why don’t more people want what you have to offer? Why don’t more people care about it?







    In this refreshing look at business fundamentals, Vincent argues that before you set about gaining the knowledge and experience need to create something people want to buy, you must become the person that people want to know.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Vincent and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, I ask Vincent to share:







    * Why generous goals—goals that have others at their center—should be your primary goals* The impact of education and a steady paycheck on Curiosity* Understanding the skill of “reading the room” * And lots more!







    Vincent’s Book







    Order your copy of The Wealth of Connection: A New Approach to Making Business Personal now!







    Consider Ordering My Book!







    Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free!







    Get On the List for the Next Note-Making Mastery Cohort







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    Books Vincent Recommends







    The Search for Significance by Robert McGee







    The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

    • 55 min
    439: How to Future-Proof Your Business with Jonathan Brill

    439: How to Future-Proof Your Business with Jonathan Brill

    My guest today says that, at this moment, rogue waves are forming under your business. Emerging technologies, changing demographics, the data economy, automation, and other trends―the undercurrents of radical, systemic change―are crashing into each other.













    When they converge, they’ll produce sea changes that sink companies and wash away entire industries overnight. If your competitor can’t ride out the next wave and you can, you win.







    That guest I’m alluding to is Jonathan Brill, and he’s written a book called Rogue Waves: Future-Proof Your Business to Survive & Profit From Radical Change.







    In it, he shows you how to prepare your business to survive and thrive through the most radical upheavals.







    His book has been called a must-read survival guide that provides the predictive tools you need to take advantage of randomness, turn chaos into profit, and set your company on the course for long-term success.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Jonathan and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, I ask Jonathan to share:







    * How to identify and capitalize on the economic, technological, and social trends that will collide to reshape your business* Ways to turn sudden threats into outsized opportunities* How you as a leader can create a culture of entrepreneurship and experimentation* And lots more!







    Jonathan’s Book







    Order your copy of Rogue Waves: Future-Proof Your Business to Survive & Profit from Radical Change right now!







    Consider Ordering My Book!







    Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free!







    Get On the List for the Next Note-Making Mastery Cohort







    Get notified when I open up my next Note-Making Mastery Cohort for registration (space is limited)!







    Jonathan in Action



















    Books Jonathan Recommends







    The Practice of Adaptive Leadership by Ronald A. Heifetz







    The Modern Firm by John Roberts

    • 36 min
    438: How to Engage Your Employees and Drive Organizational Excellence with Patrick Veroneau

    438: How to Engage Your Employees and Drive Organizational Excellence with Patrick Veroneau

    Some might say it’s a publisher’s dream. Others might suggest it’s a technique that is overused. When it comes to an author’s use of acronyms to help illustrate their methods, I am an absolute fan.













    In the book featured on the podcast today, there are no fewer than four (maybe even five) acronyms used to describe the author’s ideas. And in my view, every single one is a winner.







    Why? Because they help make the concepts stick. And if they stick, then it means we’re much more likely to put them into practice.







    And isn’t that the point of reading a book in the first place?







    My guest today is Patrick Veroneau, and he’s written a book called The Leadership Bridge: How to Engage Your Employees and Drive Organizational Excellence.







    Patrick believes that leaders who align their leadership behaviors to satisfy the needs of their employees will build cultures that are both engaging and profitable.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Patrick and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, I ask Patrick to share:







    * The importance of cultivating well-being and happiness as a leader* The six leadership behaviors necessary to achieve success as a leader* Some of the more common reasons as to why you may not have many followers* And lots more!







    Patrick’s Book







    Order your copy of The Leadership Bridge: How to Engage Your Employees and Drive Organizational Excellence right now!







    Consider Ordering My Book!







    Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free!







    Get On the List for the Next Note-Making Mastery Cohort







    Get notified when I open up my next Note-Making Mastery Cohort for registration (space is limited)!







    Patrick in Action



















    Books Patrick Recommends







    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill







    See You at the Top by Zig ...

    • 37 min
    437: Got Years of Notes Scattered All Over the Place? Let’s Fix That!

    437: Got Years of Notes Scattered All Over the Place? Let’s Fix That!

    When it comes to effective note-taking, the kind that leads to breakthroughs, to new ideas, being able to remember where you stored a specific thought, connecting new ideas to existing ideas and more, understanding your note-taking archetype, or style, is a key first step.













    I first learned about note-taking archetypes from Anne-Laure Le Cunff over at NESS Labs.







    In their simplest form, they are:







    * Architect * Gardener* Librarian* Student







    An Architect likes structure, and the ability to—I would assert—majorly customize their note-taking environment. They may even want something they can build from the ground up. For them, the app Notion is a great choice.







    Gardeners (like myself), enjoy allowing their notes to breathe a bit more, giving them the opportunity to go wherever they may; to take on a life of their own, perhaps. We Gardeners thrive on serendipity when it comes to our note-taking. Our app(s) of choice tend to be either Roam Research or Obsidian (my personal favorite).







    Then there are the Librarians, arguably the largest consortium of note-takers. Librarians tend to thrive on order and hierarchies. They often relish the typical folder structures we see as a part of most digital organizational systems. Many in this group tend to prefer the popular Evernote app.







    All of us play the role of Student on occasion, maybe because we are one, maybe out of necessity, we don’t favor a particular style, we just want easy, the info we’re capturing will only be used temporarily, etc. Depending on the computer ecosystem you’re in the most, you might leverage Apple Notes (iOS), Google Keep (Android), or an app like Drafts.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about note-taking styles and the best apps suited for each. I’d love to hear from you and learn about which note-taking style you most identify with.







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    In today’s episode, I share about:







    * The different note-taking archetypes and determining which one are you* Why it’s important to understand your note-taking style* How your note-taking archetype impacts the tools you use * And lots more!







    Consider Ordering My Book!







    Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free!







    Get On the List for the Next Note-Making Mastery Cohort







    Get notified when I open up my next Note-Making Mastery Cohort for registration (space is limited)!

    • 18 min

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Always provides motivation and inspiration

I have been listening to this podcast for over three years and always walk away inspired to do more in my own work. Thank you for what you do.

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I absolutely love Read to Lead! Always informative and inspiring!

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Exceptional host and range of authors

I learn about the latest and greatest business books from Jeff Brown on his Read to Lead Podcast. I appreciate that he asks unique questions of each guest to draw out the key points of their book. Valuable insights and tips in every episode. And each book I've invested in as a result of listening to his conversation with an author has been a wise one. Highly recommend!

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